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    Before the Return of Dawn - 9/16 pre-sunrise, Taldorach cellars - Kellan/Kellavyn [open]

    The rooms in which the twins had resided were shrouded in darkness, damp and still and seldom disturbed. The two of them had grown in power since their return, and had managed to manipulate enough of the items in the room to make it resemble an actual living space, despite the fact that neither of them were living, and neither of them took up any space. Doors were still a problem, and therefore moving any of their personal affects from their previous rooms had been impossible, though they had taken the opportunity to visit the chambers in the pitch of the night. Other than the minstrel and the knight, they had kept themselves hidden, causing mischief with a ruckus of sounds or the occasional moved chair.

    Kellavyn was busy struggling to push one of the checkers from a scavenged game board to its new position on the field. While they had become better at manipulating objects, it was still a relatively slow and tenuous prospect, and the average game took a few hours. Not that they had any shortage of time.

    Her twin was watching patiently when she suddenly felt a disturbance. Someone in the rooms above was awake. No. Someone in the rooms above had just arrived. "The betrayer comes, bathed in light. Swaren's pest to banish the night." Floating away from her chair, Kellan moved closer to the door as if trying to sense what lay on the other side. After a few moments, she returned to the game board, sliding a piece into play more quickly than her sister, her ability to use her power heightened by her rising emotions. "Stop her we must, in the mother's name. Or for Taldorach's troubles we'll take the blame."

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    The world had gotten infinitely more interesting in the days since their powers had manifested into something truly useful. Manipulating things wasn't necessarily easy, but they were in no rush, and the challenge filled up the time in a gratifying way. They had managed to cause a small stir now and again, as well, which always kept things as lively as they could be for the unfortunate twins. There were now a small number of servants who, if pressed, would admit to thinking they heard laughter in the halls on some of the darkest nights.

    It was taking all of Kellavyn's concentration to push the checker piece to where she wanted it. If she were still capable of sweating, she was sure a sheen would show on her forehead for her effort, but slowly, achingly slowly, the piece was scooting. Her accuracy still wasn't great, so when sometimes she managed a burst of energy to move the piece, she would then have to spend more time correcting it. And so, after her achievement, to see Kellan move a piece so easily caused a flash of frustration. For a moment the pieces rattled slightly in her vexation, but it ceased when she, too, sensed what had caused her sister to rise to attention.

    "Brave she is to come at night, and shun the safety of the light." She glided toward her twin, looking up as if listening through the stones to the floor above. "Do you think she knows we're here? Or does she only sense what's near?"

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    The place felt haunted.

    Wandering the halls of Taldorach, Kivennah occasionally wondered at her own sanity, convinced she heard the voices of her sisters, or felt a ghostly hand brush her shoulder. There was no one, of course. She knew that, yet she could not deny the evidence of her own senses. It made for an occasional sleepless night, tossing in the bed that felt too large, too empty for her slender frame. The question of her faltering wits, coupled with her struggles to stand as Lady of Heather's Moor, made for other nights where sleep abandoned her.

    The life she lived now was not what she expected or hoped would be, if she was honest with herself. For a time, all seemed to progress so naturally, so perfectly. Kivi had been one of the Companions of the Dawn, friends with Vivienne and Vera, holding a place at the Court in Hebron. Her large family prospered, her siblings going about their lives in relative harmony. Not perfect, no. The Calderons were every bit a normal family with squabbles and conflicts; she'd crossed metaphorical swords with her brothers and sisters on numerous occasions.

    Now, the halls of Taldorach echoed hollowly. Kivennah never failed to feel the knife's edge of short lives these days. In a relatively brief span of time, so much of her family was taken from her - first by the accident, then by the hurricane, and finally by the plague. How she escaped, Kivi still did not know, but she was yet alive. Determined that her quest for perfection continue, she merely shifted the focus of her drive to the maintenance and advancement of Heather's Moor. It was the least that she could do to keep her family's legacy alive.

    Pausing as she ventured down into the cellars after a particularly favorite vintage, Kivi could have sworn she heard voices. Frowning, she lifted her lamp higher, sending long shadows throughout the cellar as she looked around slowly, warily. There seemed to be nothing and no one in sight that could create the whispers she heard. Then again, mice were notorious for being quiet little invaders. Perhaps that's what it was - mice.

    Karenna would soon be arriving, she hoped. She missed her sister with a ferocity lately, eager for any news that Renna might have about Hebron, the goings on there, and perhaps a few tidbits about Percy, another whom she missed with a fierce ache. Circumstances kept them apart, however much she wished to reunite with her knight. For now, they had to make the best of it and endure, trusting to the King and chance to bring them back together again soon.

    Finding the bottle, she paused and scanned the area where she stood, once more hearing the whispers. "Who's there? Show yourself!"

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    Turning to look at her twin quizzically, Kellan held a translucent finger up to her lips. Since their return, only the minstrel had ever seen them, let alone heard them, but now it would appear that the lady of the keep was aware of their presence. At least her ears were aware, if her eyes were not. The girls had always had an elaborate set of hand signals growing up, for the times they were supposed to be in bed, but didn't feel like sleeping. So much of the past had been forgotten in the transition though, and Kellan was not sure she could remember, or if Kellavyn would recall it either.

    Knowing that Kivi could not see them, Kellan wondered if her living sister would wonder about the game board. They couldn't move it or hide it now, and Kellan floated effortlessly over to her twin and leaned in close to whisper. "She can hear us, I think. Our discovery might be on the brink." Silently she wondered if being discovered would be bad. If they couldn't somehow be a family again, even if it was a strange arrangement. But she was more concerned that Kivennah would not understand, and try to chase them from Taldorach.

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    Hearing no response, Kivennah braced herself and started forwards to the area where she believed the sounds were coming from, the lamp lighted to chase the shadows away. The bottle was gripped as a makeshift weapon to be used in the event that the source of the noises proved to be corporeal as her eyes swept the area, steadily moving closer to the room that was now the residence of her twin sisters' restless shades. Her nape tingled as she moved closer, bringing a kind of awareness to her before she tentatively opened the door to peek in.

    What she saw startled her, as the room was not in the state in which she previously left it. The changes were subtle indeed, but the most prominent proved to be the game board set neatly on the table. Coming closer, Kivennah noticed what looked like a game in progress. The board was free of dust, as were the pieces. They were not set for a game to begin, but looked as if she'd interrupted the players in mid-move. With that, she swiftly turned to survey the room, the better to determine if the room was indeed occupied and where those trespassers might be.

    Seeing none, Kivi frowned, clutching the bottle to her. Something very odd transpired in the keep known as Taldorach, making her wonder indeed if she ought to send for a physician to examine her. Hallucinations were not normal for her, not in the least. Doubtful as well that someone worked to send her into the depths of madness. Perhaps it was merely KJ up to his usual mischief.

    Yes, surely that was it. Turning, she intended to take the bottle upstairs and confront her brother on the matter immediately. That would end the rumors of any ghosts or hauntings in Taldorach.

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    It was not terror that the lingering spirit of Kellavyn Caldoran felt just now. She wasn't even sure she could feel something as strong as terror. But there was a trepidation that borrowed from both excitement and fear at the prospect of being discovered. She felt a rush that she could not attribute to blood or nerves, just as she had when it had turned out that the minstrel could see them. What would happen if Kivi discovered them? Would she weep for them? Be frightened? Believe at all? She didn't even consider that Kivennah could find a way to banish them from their home. After all, something very strong had pulled them, kept them here while the rest of the souls lost that same terrible day were allowed to travel on. If a force of that strength had kept them here, it seemed to her that it would take a very lot to break it.

    She watched as Kivennah entered their room, their sanctuary, invading their space. Their former sister lingered over the game board, confusion clear on her face. Kellavyn had the thought to move on of the pieces as she watched, to frighten their former sister, but when she looked more closely at Kivi's face her brow furrowed. The woman looked frayed, nearly on her last nerve, and any thought of mischievous behavior faded away. She took what would have been a step forward, if she'd had to measure movement in that way, and spoke gently, almost hesitantly. "Do you see us, sister dear? Or is it just our voice you hear?"

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    Kivennah remained rooted to the spot for several minutes, gazing at the game board with confusion blanketing her features. The hour was far too early to explain why a game board sat in a room previously unopened for months. That it lacked dust only added to her puzzlement, especially as the game clearly was in progress yet the chairs bore no sign of movement. Brows knitting, she advanced on the table, a finger running along the back of one chair before she held it up in the lamplight to examine it. No dust here either.

    Looking down, however, Kivi noted that the floor held a layer of undisturbed dust. How was that possible? If some of the servants were making use of the room, there would be a myriad of footsteps marring the thick dust. The only footsteps she saw were her own, along with the occasional brush of her skirts along the floor. The mystery deepened, leaving her perplexed, a shiver tracing its chilly fingers down her spine. She told herself firmly, repeatedly, that the place was not haunted even as the evidence suggested otherwise.

    As she stood, examining and thinking, she froze upon hearing what sounded like a whisper. Lifting her lamp, Kivennah swept a suspicious gaze around the room, seeing no one. Her senses belied her eyes, telling her that something was there. The flame on her lamp never flickered, dismissing the obvious explanation of a draught in the room. So what was it? Closing her eyes for a moment, Kivi simply breathed and concentrated, listening once more. If it was a whisper, perhaps she could hear it again.

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